Center of Excellence

About The Center of Excellence

The Center of Excellence (COE) program, funded through the Department of Health and Human Services, was established to assist designated health profession schools and other public and non-profit, or educational institutions strengthen the national capacity to produce a culturally competent healthcare workforce, whose diversity is representative of the U.S. population.

The Center of Excellence (COE) program is designed to strengthen the national capacity to train under-represented minority (URM) students in various health profession fields. The Center of Excellence program is designated to certain Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and/or colleges or universities that have a history of a high enrollment of Hispanic or Native American students. These colleges or universities are required to have a Health Professions School of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy. Centers of Excellence programs are also offered to other public and non-profit, or educational entities, and graduate programs in mental or behavioral health programs that train a significant number of the targeted minority populations.

Howard University's College of Pharmacy, received a Center of Excellence grant in 2000 to initiate programs for K-12 students, partnerships with community colleges, and bachelor’s degree granting institutions.

Supported by: 
The Department of Health & Human Services

COE meat the team

The College of Pharmacy provides the following programs:

Program Deadlines



High School Summer Enrichment Science Academy (HSSESA) (Pharm STEP 1 formerly HSSESA) Apply here March 1-April 1, 2023

  • Pharmstep1 Tuesday, June 20– Friday, June 29, 2023
  • Pharm STEP 1 Grades: Rising 11th and 12th graders

Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Prep Program 

February: Apply Here

March: Apply here

  • SAT/ACT Grades: Rising 11th and 12th graders
  • Spring 2023: Session 1 February 4, 11, 18, and 25. Session 2 4, 11, 18, and 25. 2023


Advanced College Summer Enrichment Program (ACSEP) (Pharm STEP 2 formerly ACSEP) Apply here January 23-February 24, 2023

  • Monday, May 12 – Friday, June 10, 2023


Program Updates

Spring 2023

Pharmacy Tutorial Program Tuesday, January 17- Friday, April 14, 2023

Faculty-Student Research Monday, January 30 – Friday, April 14, 2023

SAT Preparatory Program: Program dates Spring 2023:
Session 1 February 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2023
Session 2 March 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2023

NAPLEX Exam Prep - TBD

Fall 2022

Pharmacy Tutorial Program- August 29, 2022- December 10, 2022

Faculty-Student Research (FSR)- September 12, 2022-December 02, 2022 

SAT Preparatory Program November 5, 12, 19, and 26 12-2 PM